May, 2018

So, You Inherited a Failing Project…Here’s What to Do Next

LiquidPlanner

Dear Elizabeth: I’ve inherited a sinking ship of a project. I didn’t know things were so bad when I took it on, and now it looks like I have a turnaround situation on my hands. No one seems to know what we need to do, the schedule is totally unrealistic, the client is unhappy, and team morale has plummeted, even since I got involved. It feels like we’re in freefall! How do I right this project before it takes us all down? Act quickly and decisively is the short answer!

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What Makes a Brilliant Project Leader?

Girl's Guide to PM

Mike Clayton. What makes a brilliant project leader? I spoke to Dr. Mike Clayton, author of Brilliant Project Leader, , and the brains behind OnlinePMCourses.com. We talked about the key skills and talents of people who make excellent project leaders. This is what he had to say. Mike, let’s get straight to it. What makes a brilliant project leader? There are so many things that contribute to a brilliant project leader, so let me focus on three things.

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Cure Your Zombie PMO

Planview

Breaking news update: as I previously reported in the blog, “ Symptoms of the Zombie PMO ,” zombification is still proliferating in businesses throughout the world. However, the spread is thankfully slowing down, as people are becoming more aware and educated of the symptoms, and thus taking action sooner. In this updated report, I will expound upon the cures discussed by experts in the on-demand webinar, “ Avoiding the Pitfalls of a Zombie PMO.”.

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Scheduling Team Members According to Agile Practices

Eylean

Team member management and scheduling is one of the key components in project manager’s responsibilities. It is according to these efforts that your project faith relies in most cases. And finding the right balance between tight deadlines, most effective distribution and humanity can sometimes become quite a challenge. However, there are managers and practices out … The post Scheduling Team Members According to Agile Practices appeared first on Eylean Blog.

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Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

4 Trends That Will Transform Project Management

LiquidPlanner

In the world of project management, change is constant. From technology improvements to shifts in how teams collaborate and work together both in-house and around the world, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to keep up with the rapid pace of flux. So what are some of the biggest changes in the world of project management, and what do you need to keep an eye out for in the coming months? Let’s take a deeper look into four specific trends disrupting project management right now.

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Fixed price contracting and Agile

Musings on Project Management

In my book, Project Management the Agile Way, now in its 2nd Edition, I make this statement in the chapter on contracts: Firm Fixed Price (FFP) completion contracts are inappropriate for contracting agile. I got an email from a reader challenging that assertion, to which responded: I always start by asserting that agile is a "fixed price" methodology. But, there is a big difference. agile contract

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How to Actually Develop a Project Management Plan

Project Risk Coach

Featuring baselines, subsidiary plans, and other ancillary plans Do you know the 5Ps? Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. If this is true, why is it that some project managers put so little time in developing a project management plan? One of the reasons is that project managers may not know what to include. I’ve developed this checklist to help you develop your project management plan including baselines, subsidiary plans, and ancillary plans. Every project is different.

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6 Easy Ways to Manage Group Think and Risk at Work

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by Dr Mike Clayton , the brains behind Online PM Courses.com. It’s an edited extract from his book Risk Happens ! Dr Mike Clayton. In the 1970s, the social psychologist Irving Janis examined how groups make decisions. He found that a group’s dynamic often inhibits exploration of alternatives. People find disagreement uncomfortable, so the group seeks consensus before it has reached a satisfactory conclusion.

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Why You Need to Become Business Agile

The Lazy Project Manager

[link]. In the first of this 3-part webinar series, we will explore ways to not only significantly reduce change failures but also how to dramatically raise the capability, speed, and success rates of delivering strategic change in any organization through the adoption of a ‘business agile’ change structure. Join our webinar to learn: Evolution and Stasis of Project Management: Challenges and Failures. Best Practices and Pitfalls of Change Management.

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

RACI Made Simple. How To Create A Responsibility Assignment Matrix That Actually Works

The Digital Project Manager

You hear the term RACI, and inwardly groan. Far from the slightly exciting sounding acronym, The post RACI Made Simple. How To Create A Responsibility Assignment Matrix That Actually Works appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. How-to Guides How-to Project Planning PM Skills & Best Practices

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Project Quality Management – A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

When you’re managing a project, the Triple Constraint is always foremost in your head. How can you control the scope, schedule and cost of the project? But there is a fourth concern that is just as important and is sometimes forgotten in the maelstrom of project management, and that is quality. It doesn’t matter if you got the best project management tools , met every milestone and completed the project under budget if the deliverable didn’t meet quality standards.

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Gantt charts still have a place in the agile-verse!

Kiron Bondale

Those of you who have followed me for a while will know that I value pragmatism over absolutism when it comes to delivery practices, tools and techniques. Pick the right tool for the right job should be a guiding principle followed by all project teams. Easier said than done! It is difficult when enterprise standards dictate a fixed tool set, but it is even more challenging when a company is undergoing a fundamental transformation of its delivery practices.

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Challenges of Gender in Project Management

Arras People

Gender equality in the work place is a massive topic in today’s world. The movement for gender equality is bigger than ever and this has been emphasised recently in Hollywood ( even the Queen got paid less than Prince Philip! with reports and stories of the gender pay gap in that sector being bigger than anyone could’ve imagined. Despite things getting better for women since the Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 many still feel like the workplace is not an equal place for men and women.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

An Introduction to Project Steering Groups

Girl's Guide to PM

A Project Steering Group is the oversight committee of a project. You might use the term Project Board or Governance Committee, or something else that means a similar thing. All projects should have one, but the make up of the group depends on your project. It’s generally acknowledged that having strong leadership is important for project success, so getting your Project Steering Group set up as soon as you can is a good start.

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Do you use a project management checklist?

Ron Rosenhead

In October 1931, the U.S. Army Air Corps held a flight competition for airplane manufacturers vying to build the army’s next-generation long-range bomber. The overwhelming favourite was the Boeing Model 299, which was dubbed “the flying fortress.”. But disaster struck; the plane crashed, killing two members of the flight crew, including the pilot, Major P. An investigation revealed that nothing had gone wrong. The crash was attributed to pilot error.

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5 Ways to Instantly Build Rapport for Increased Trust and Improved Relationships

Project Bliss

The ability to build rapport with others is often seen as a mysterious skill to those who don’t have it. Many people have a hard time connecting with and building relationships easily with others. They’re often frustrated that communication isn’t as easy as they’d like it to be. The ability to build rapport can seem elusive for many. It seems that only those with certain charisma or charm can do it. But actually, it can be learned.

2018 171

10 Project Management Buzzwords and What They Mean

ProjectManager.com

Jargon is how professionals or people within a specialized group talk. It’s like code or shorthand, really, a way to address specifics to their trade or interests. Think of it as special words or expressions that are opaque to most but clearly understood by those in the know. But what if you’re not in the know? Then those buzzwords used by your coworkers can be hard to decipher. It might seem dense or, worse, a way to exclude people and make them feel outside of the process.

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Leading Under Uncertainty

Speaker: Greg Coticchia, CEO & Founder of ENTRA

Organizations of all types and sizes are facing common challenges of how to deal with the uncertainty in our current professional and personal lives. How can you plan when you are uncertain of what's next? On a product level, how can you be sure of delivering the ‘right’ messaging, products, solutions, and services to customers? How do you survive to fight the fight another day? In this session, we will discuss important tips for you as a Product Manager dealing with uncertainty. At the same time, we will discuss another important aspect of dealing with uncertainty, and that is building trust, especially while many of us are working remotely or in new or different settings.

Timing is everything for your team!

Kiron Bondale

Those of us who have managed projects with team members dispersed across distant time zones are well aware of the risks caused by geographic, cultural and temporal distance. The benefits of thoughtful co-location for right-sized teams are also well recognized, but even in such ideal situations, we face a different challenge which Daniel Pink covers in his latest book, When.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Project Stakeholders Happy

Project Risk Coach

Every project has stakeholders—individuals, groups, and organizations that may be impacted by the project or may impact the project in a negative or positive manner. Your stakeholders have different views. Some are resistant. Some are neutral. Others are supportive or leading. Do you have a stakeholder engagement plan ? Have you stopped to think about the diverse needs of your stakeholders? Which stakeholders have the most power and influence? When and how will you engage with these stakeholders?

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Get Your Projects Started With OnlinePMcourses Fast Start Program

Girl's Guide to PM

Get 30% off the Fast Start Program project management training, and accelerate your way to project management success! I’m delighted to be partnering with project management trainer extraordinaire Dr Mike Clayton from OnlinePMcourses to bring you a special offer on his Fast Start Program. Designed for managers or professionals who want to feel confident taking on a small or mid-sized project, it gives you everything you need to get your project off to the best start.

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PMO Career Advice Sessions in London

Arras People

Next week our very own Lindsay Scott will be bringing the PMO Flashmob to London on the 9 th and 10 th of May. This event taking place in the Aldgate East area will feature 3 sessions over the 2 days. 9 th /10 th May – 1-2-1 Career Sessions. The morning sessions on both days will feature 1-2-1 career session s.

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Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

OFFICIAL! Project sponsorship has been declared null and void.

Ron Rosenhead

At a meeting of the International Project Management Convocation (IProMco) this month, the Board ruled there was no need for projects to have a project sponsor. The Board suggested that as the role was not being played out fully by project sponsors then it was ‘unnecessary.’ In addition, the amount of project sponsorship training has fallen dramatically over the last 24 months.

2018 152

The Perfect New Hire Checklist – Use this Free Template

ProjectManager.com

The long, arduous hiring process is finally over. You’ve whittled down the many qualified candidates to that one individual who checks all the boxes on your list. They’re going to be a great addition to the team. So, now you can get back to business as usually, right? Wrong. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, between 16-17% of new hires leave their position between the first week and the third month of starting their job.

2018 292

Does your PMO hinder or help your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

An agile project management office might sound to some like an oxymoron, right? This might be a reasonable assertion as many PMOs were first formed to provide oversight over a portfolio of projects and enforcing standards sounds like the antithesis to agility.

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9 Simple Ways to Quickly Start a Project

Project Risk Coach

I wish I had a dime for every time that I have been handed a project with a deadline of yesterday. You've been there too? Well, let's talk about some practical steps that we can take to quickly start a project. Jumpstarting a new project requires time and focus. Clear your calendar as much as possible. Secure a project administrator to help you with your administrative tasks. Delegate activities on existing projects.

2018 162

Use Discovery and Delivery to Experiment Our Way to a New Normal

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Many of us are accustomed to planning for either discovery or delivery. We know how to plan for where we want to be for a product (delivery). And, we know how to plan to discover a market (discovery). Right now in 2020, those plans might not be worth anything. The world is still in upheaval—and no one has a crystal ball to know when we should plan more in-depth. Instead of planning for either discovery or delivery, we can use experiments—for all our work. When we focus on experimentation, small bets, and short feedback loops, we can create the kinds of products our customers will love.

How to Build a Robust Project Risk Culture [8 Steps]

Online PM Courses

A robust risk culture goes beyond having a strong basic risk management process. But the rewards for the extra work you’ll put in to build that culture are huge. Particularly for large, complex, or strategical important projects. Some of my readers may hope to influence the risk culture of their whole organization. But, for many, I suspect this may be too great an ambition. For you, the right aspiration is to build a positive risk culture within your project.

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Project Manager Interview: Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy

Project Bliss

Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy owns PMBasics101.com where he writes about Project Management. Gallatin, TN is the nicest place in America! Who knew? When he told me he was traveling from Kiev, Ukraine to Nashville, Tennessee, I headed over from Memphis. I didn’t want to miss the chance to meet face-to-face and discuss the joys and challenges of IT project management. We both came to IT Project Management from non-technical backgrounds.

2018 139

A grand bargin: Agile in the enterprise

Musings on Project Management

In my book, Project Management the Agile Way, now in its second edition, I make this statement in the chapter on contracts: Firm Fixed Price (FFP) completion contracts are inappropriate for contracting agile. I got an email from a reader challenging that assertion, to which I responded: I always start by asserting that agile is a "fixed price" methodology. But, there is a big difference agile planning Project Value

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